Dewsbury Creative Town

Dewsbury Creative Town Arts Programme

Dewsbury Creative Town is a three year arts programme which will include a series of art interventions in the town. Funded by Kirklees Council the programme forms part of the Dewsbury Blueprint initiative, a 10 year plan seeking to honour the heritage of the town, build on recent investments and make the town more attractive.

Arts organisation Beam has been appointed by Kirklees Council to produce the Dewsbury Creative Town Arts Programme between 2020 - 2023.

In December 2019 the Dewsbury Public Art Plan was adopted considering how the town centre can benefit from public art, and how local residents, businesses and community groups can get involved in the commissioning process. It highlights a range of possible public art interventions and potential sites across Dewsbury.

The Creative Town Arts Programme will utilise core elements of the plan and will align closely with the Dewsbury Blueprint which highlights a number of key projects and programmes that will help to revitalise the town centre over the next ten years.

The overarching vision for the programme is:
The Creative Town Arts Programme will enhance Dewsbury's ambitious future plans through art in public spaces engaging with its diverse communities, celebrating its unique heritage and inspiring creativity. The programme will bring all communities together and have a positive impact on everyone's experience of the town centre.

Over the next three years Phase 1 of the Dewsbury Creative Town Arts Programme will include temporary and permanent commissions that:

● Reveal and weave Dewsbury’s rich (textile) heritage with the town's ambitious future;
● Provide opportunities for local emerging artists to develop and grow their practice;
● Embed opportunities for young people to engage with arts, culture and place;
● Encourage playfulness, fun, colour, physical activity and wellbeing in Dewsbury through a series of permanent or temporary commissions;
● Creatively support wayfinding across the town and;
● Embed artists as part of design teams to play a role in the regeneration of the town centre.

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Giant ‘Urban Rewild’ mural revealed as part of Dewsbury Creative / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-09-24T00:00:00Z">Fri 24 Sep 2021</span>Giant ‘Urban Rewild’ mural revealed as part of Dewsbury Creative / Fri 24 Sep 2021

A new mural has been completed in Dewsbury town centre as part of the Creative Town Arts Programme. The piece entitled ‘Urban Rewild’ has been des...

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Creative Workshop - The Shoddy Factory / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2022-01-27T00:00:00Z">Thu 27 Jan 2022</span>Creative Workshop - The Shoddy Factory / Thu 27 Jan 2022

Come along to a FREE, friendly and creative workshop to celebrate the past, present and future of textiles in Dewsbury! Artist, Kerry Lemon and her...

Colour Your Town - Transforming Dewsbury Underpass / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-12-04T00:00:00Z">Sat 04 Dec 2021</span>Colour Your Town - Transforming Dewsbury Underpass / Sat 04 Dec 2021

Local artist, Saba Rifat has been appointed by Dewsbury Creative Town to transform the underpass under Rishworth Road. Saba is hosting a drop-in da...

Dewsbury Temporary Market - Artwork Preview / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-12-01T00:00:00Z">Wed 01 Dec 2021</span>Dewsbury Temporary Market - Artwork Preview / Wed 01 Dec 2021

Cubic Fruit is an art and design collective commissioned by the Dewsbury Creative Town Arts Programme for the transforming Dewsbury market project. ...

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Open Call - Filmmaker / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2022-08-01T00:00:00Z">Mon 01 Aug 2022</span>Open Call - Filmmaker / Mon 01 Aug 2022

We are looking for a filmmaker to document the creative process of the Dewsbury Creative Town arts programme commissions. The initial film comissio...

Open Call - Temporary Commission - Union Street Dewsbury / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2022-06-30T00:00:00Z">Thu 30 Jun 2022</span>Open Call - Temporary Commission - Union Street Dewsbury / Thu 30 Jun 2022

We are seeking an artist to develop a creative temporary intervention during Heritage Open Days 2022 that engages the public with Dewsbury’s textile h...

Artist Commission - Transforming Dewsbury Market / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-05-09T00:00:00Z">Sun 09 May 2021</span>Artist Commission - Transforming Dewsbury Market / Sun 09 May 2021

We are seeking an artist collective to develop and apply a distinctive design to the temporary market (bespoke containers that will be installed in De...